Cochran, Hiram Jerome

Oregon City Courier, Friday, August 23, 1895


On Thursday morning as Mr. Cochran was on his way to Freytag’s grocery he was taken with an attack of apoplexy and dropped dead. He leaves a widow and six daughters, Mrs. J. B. Robinson of Sacrament, Cal.; and Mrs. F. R. Charman, Misses Hattie, Azalie, Lou and Nan Cochran of this place. Mr. Cochran was an old pioneer.

Oregon City Enterprise, Friday August 23, 1895


One of Oregon City’s most respected citizens died suddenly of heart failure Thursday morning, August 22nd, at seven o’clock a. m. He had started from the family residence to go to Freytag’s store after some graham flour. As he did not return, a search resulted in finding his lifeless form lying on the steps near F. R. Charman’s dwelling, and leading down the steps toward Freytag’s store on Main Street. Mr. Cochran had been afflicted with heart disease at intervals for some time past, bur for the past week had been in unusual good health. When his body was discovered lying on the steps this morning, Dr. Sommer was called, but life was extinct. Two or three red bruises on his forehead and face were received when he fell on the steps, but his calm, relaxed countenance indicated that death came painlessly.

Mr. Cochran would have been 63 years old on the 30th day of August. He was born in Coppington, Penn. (Cochranton) and his parents were Alexander and Margaret Cochran. He came to Vancouver, Washington, in 1852, and in 1859 was married to Miss Fannie L. Kelly, who survives him. Mr. Cochran was postmaster at Vancouver for eight years during Lincoln and Grant’s administrations. He held many positions of trust while residing in Vancouver, and served several terms in the territorial legislature, both in the senate and house. Mr. Cochran has always been an ardent republican in politics, and was a faithful adherent of that party when there were only 19 republicans in Clark County. In 1870 he removed with his family to Oregon City, where he has since resided. The deceased, besides the widow, leaves six living children: Mrs. Fred R. Charman of Oregon City, Mrs. James B. Robinson, of Sacramento, and Misses Harriet, Azalie, Louise and Annie. Mr. Cochran was a member of the Portland society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The funeral services will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal church at half past 10 o’clock a. m., Saturday. Rev. Isaac Dawson, officiating. The deceased was a most worthy man, and highly esteemed by his numerous acquaintances.

Oregon City Enterprise, August 30, 1895


The funeral of the late Hiram Jerome Cochran was held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Saturday morning at 10:30, Rev. Isaac Dawson officiating. The services throughout were very impressive and there was a profuse display of flowers. The funeral was one of the largest ever held in Oregon City, and in addition to the large number of the deceased’s friends here who turned out to pay their last sad respects, a number of the friends of the family were present from Portland and Vancouver. In addition to the many positions of trust that Mr. Cochran held at Vancouver, which have been heretofore mentioned, he very acceptably filled the office of mayor of Oregon City for two terms. He was also a member of the City Council and was at one time assistant chief of the Oregon City Fire Department. The pallbearers at the funeral were Geo. A. Harding, C. N. Greenman, T. A. Pope, C. O. T. Williams, J. G. Pilsbury and H. L. Kelly. The many friends of the family sympathize with them in their sad bereavement.


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